National Writing Project

The Successful High School Writing Center

Dawn Fels and Jennifer Wells (National Writing Project and Teachers College Press, 2011)

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This book highlights the work of talented writing center teachers who share practices and lessons learned from today's most important high school writing centers. The authors offer innovative methods for secondary educators who deal with adolescent literacy, English language learners, new literacies, embedded professional development, and differentiated instruction.

The Successful High School Writing Center demonstrates how writing centers help school communities grapple with the realities that come with literacy education. Depicting real-life writing centers as leaders in literacy education, the accounts presented will enrich the work of secondary educators, writing tutors, and student writers in socially significant ways.

Book Features

  • Models of writing centers and literacy centers that explicitly integrate reading and writing across the curriculum.
  • Creative strategies from a diversity of schools, models, and students served.
  • Literacy-based, collaborative research projects for writing center evaluation.
  • Helpful forms.


"The Successful High School Writing Center is a book that holds transformational power. It is an immediately useful book, yes, but also a critical collection imbued with theory-to-practice models that address our marginalized students and their teachers."
—From the Foreword by Richard Kent, University of Maine

About the Authors: Dawn Fels teaches composition and directs The Writing Center at George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia. Jennifer Wells is the director of The Reading-Writing Center at Florida State University and a former teacher-consultant with the Central California Writing Project.

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